European elections 2014

The choice of the Europeans and the future of Europe

The moderate political groups have lost many seats in the new European Parliament, whereas many Euro skeptic and populist parties all over Europe celebrate significant gain in popularity. The results of the European elections will have an important impact on the European energy and climate policy. In this regards a lot depends also on the composition of the new Commission, especially who the new Energy Commissioner will be.

30 May 14, Andrzej Ancygier 0
Main topics
Renewables funding

The cap is coming

In early April, six months after coming to power, Germany’s new coalition government reached an agreement on the reform of the country’s Renewable Energy Sources Act, and set out plans to “overhaul” the way it funds clean electricity. Renewables proponents fear the reform is putting Germany’s “Energiewende” at risk.
22 May 14, Tim Altegör 0
EU Law

Confusion over French funding for wind power

After carrying out a review of French funding for wind turbines, the European Commission announced at the end of March that the system is compatible with EU law. However, there is a high degree of legal uncertainty with repect to the EU guidelines on environmental and energy aid, that will come into force in July 2014.
22 May 14, Jürgen Heup 0
Main topics

Price slump in carbon credits for climate protection

Sales of carbon allowances to fund climate-protection projects have ended. The European Investment Bank, which is based in Luxembourg and was responsible for the trading, has completed its sale of the 300 million credits – generating far less funds than anticipated.
22 May 14, Tim Altegör 0
Future energy supply

A brief sociology of the switch to renewables

Electricity is having an ever-greater impact on our daily lives. We discuss the fears and myths that are accompanying the transformation of Germany’s energy system.
28 May 14, Joachim Nitsch* and Uwe Pfenning** 0
Federal elections
The German election campaign badly damaged the image of efforts to switch to renewables. Yet current studies show that renewables create huge amounts of value added – and are popular with the public. Will the new German government act more wisely now that the FDP are no longer involved?
New investors
Crowdfunding platforms, where individuals finance good ideas online, are now helping to get green projects off the ground. Several of the sites recently launched in Germany specialise in renewables.
Climate change
Floods, storms and heat waves caused by climate change will bring dramatic changes to our world in the coming decades. Cities will be affected the most. Policymakers and scientists are developing strategies to help us adapt.
Scientifically speaking
Following the German government’s heroic decision to phase out all of the country’s nuclear power plants in the next ten years and to undertake a massive expansion of renewable energies, there was a surge of optimism among all those keen on pressing ahead with the switch to renewables. But now reality has brought everyone down to earth with a bump.

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